Construction of temporary flood prevention measures in Budapest Park
In July of 2008 and again in June of 2010, Budapest Park, which is situated at Parkside Drive and Lakeshore Boulevard West in the western beaches area, experienced flooding of the park area, including Sunnyside Gus Ryder pool. The floodwater was a combination of rain and sewage which overflowed due to unusually high rainfall levels that exceeded the drainage system's capacity and damaged existing sewers.
The City is investigating a permanent flood prevention solution, which requires further study and analysis. In the interim, to guard against flooding in the park area during extreme weather, we will be building a temporary relief channel (swale) along the boardwalk, south of the bicycle path, to direct stormwater away from public use areas.
The work will require removing a portion of the boardwalk and moving a memorial tree to a new area in the park. The family has granted permission for the relocation of the tree.
The Ministry of the Environment and Toronto Public Health have been informed of the project. Work will begin in May 2012 and is expected to conclude by the end of June 2012. We expect to install a permanent solution by 2014-2015.
For further information, visit toronto.ca/water or call 311.